One of the challenges for IT 566 is to get Chrome OS. The pilot program for the CR-48 notebook closed sometime in March. Hardware running Chrome OS won’t be commercially available until June or July. So running Chrome OS on native hardware isn’t an option.
You can get the OS already compiled however. I got my install files from Hexxeh. Build images are available for USB, VirtualBox, and VMWare.
I installed the USB version on a 8 GB USB flash drive using these directions. I used the nightly builds I linked above rather than the older Flow build referred to in these directions.
A screenshot of Chromium booted and running off the USB drive is below.
I also installed Chromium on my Ubuntu machine using VirtualBox. VirtualBox can be installed via many methods, including Ubuntu Software Center. After installing I used these instructions to get the Chromium OS virtual machine running. A screenshot is below.